- File Size: 916 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312948042
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (February 6, 2007)
- Publication Date: February 6, 2007
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FA5S6Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fast forward a few years later after I had finally decided to read this book, I realised how wrong I was - there was nothing fluffy about this story.
The writers did a good job in conveying the story as it flowed fluently and the characters were written in a way that made me feel for them.
As for the romantic plotline regarding Harvard Hottie, I felt that there wasn't enough material written about Nanny's relationship with him. The biggest relationship was really the one between Nanny and little Grayer.
Nanny tried to do her very best in sheltering Grayer from his parents' apparent lack of interest, and attempting to provide his life with some stability and normality.
I hoped against all hope that she would be able to do something to make the Xes came to their senses and appreciate what a wonderful child Grayer was. However, I acknowledged that there wasn't a lot that Nanny could do; afterall, she was only a young student with limited life experience.
If I could only use 1 word to describe how I feel when reading this book, it would have to be 'helpless' -
I felt helpless reading about little Grayer always being brushed aside by his parents instead of getting all the love and attention that he so deserved;
I felt helpless reading about Nanny's incapability in dealing with Mrs X who was so much more experienced and manipulative that she unknowingly got sucked into the latter's drama;
I felt helpless by the way the book ended - Nanny was removed from Grayer's life so abruptly, with no goodbye.
By the end of this book, I come to realise that I could never work as a nanny because I would be too emotionally attached to the child. It was heart-breaking the way Nanny was fired from her job without a chance to say goodbye to Grayer, and also when she broke down at the end of her rant into the nanny-cam.
Overall, this was a good and heartfelt story.
But I would turn to the movie version when I wanted to have a better closure and happier ending to the story.
There are some flaws that prevent the book from being better than it is. The first and most serious can't be helped: the authors are good enough to portray the pathos of the little kids who are being run over by their parents' ambitions and neglect. The fact sits there like a lump in your stomach as the narration prattles on in a "lite" chick lit tone about how badly Mr. & Mrs. X--how the employers are identified--are treating Nanny. The trajectory of satire loses altitude past a certain point when it devolves into one turn of bad behavior after the next. One of the most knowing moments early in the book occurs when Nanny has an unpleasant encounter with wealthy frat boys at a bar: they are the product of parents like the Xes. You realize, this could well be the future of that sweet little boy in Nanny's charge. But then the authors undercut that with a meet-cute subplot about a boyfriend from the same stratosphere.
It's kind of like the authors bought the architecture of Edith Wharton as a teardown and replaced it with a particle board palace.
Nanny is a ridiculous wimp, though. Let's face it - she's young, American, white and a college student. She could have her pick of any nanny job in New York. Anyone else would have run like hell after the first week. But I understand why she stayed on after awhile - she got attached to Grayer. And that was realistic, too. She couldn't bear to see him abandoned by yet another person he loves.
Like many other reviewers, I came away from this book upset and feeling low. But I recommend it, especially for anyone who grew up resentful because they didn't have a rich Mommy and Daddy. See what you were missing. :(
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